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Mailbox Monday #318

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has a permanent home at its own blog.

To check out what everyone has received over the last week, visit the blog and check out the links.  Leave yours too.

Also, each week, Leslie, Vicki, and I will share the Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

Here’s what I received:

1.  The Cherry Harvest by Lucy Sanna from William Morrow for review.

The war has taken a toll on the Christiansen family. With food rationed and money scarce, Charlotte struggles to keep her family well fed. Her teenage daughter, Kate, raises rabbits to earn money for college and dreams of becoming a writer. Her husband, Thomas, struggles to keep the farm going while their son, and most of the other local men, are fighting in Europe.

When their upcoming cherry harvest is threatened, strong-willed Charlotte helps persuade local authorities to allow German war prisoners from a nearby camp to pick the fruit.

But when Thomas befriends one of the prisoners, a teacher named Karl, and invites him to tutor Kate, the implications of Charlotte’s decision become apparent—especially when she finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Karl. So busy are they with the prisoners that Charlotte and Thomas fail to see that Kate is becoming a young woman, with dreams and temptations of her own—including a secret romance with the son of a wealthy, war-profiteering senator. And when their beloved Ben returns home, bitter and injured, bearing an intense hatred of Germans, Charlotte’s secrets threaten to explode their world.

2.  Dark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn from Harper for review.

The lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time—from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy—explored in haunting, provocative new work by an acclaimed poet and actress

Amber Tamblyn is both an award-winning film and television actress and an acclaimed poet. As such she is deeply fascinated-and intimately familiar—with the toll exacted from young women whose lives are offered in sacrifice as starlets. The stories of these actresses, both famous and obscure-tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death—inspired this empathic and emotionally charged collection of new poetic work.

Featuring subjects from Marilyn Monroe and Frances Farmer to Dana Plato and Brittany Murphy—and paired with original artwork commissioned for the book by luminaries including David Lynch, Adrian Tome, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama—Dark Sparkler is a surprising and provocative collection from a young artist of wide-ranging talent, culminating in an extended, confessional epilogue of astonishing candor and poetic command.

3. Hiroshima by John Hersey from the library sale for 50 cents.

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey’s journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic “that stirs the conscience of humanity” (The New York Times).

 

 

4.  Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by Richard Whelan from the library sale for 50 cents.

A finely honed abridgement of Emerson’s principal essays with an introduction that clarifies the essence of Emerson’s ideas and establishes their relevance to our own troubled era. This is the first truly accessible edition of Emerson’s work, revealing him to be one of America’s wisest teachers.

 

5. Rachael Ray 2, 4, 6, 8 Great Meals for Couples or Crowds from the library sale for 50 cents.

If you’re like Rachael Ray, mealtime is a time to hang out and reconnect with family and friends. That means you could be making a late dinner for you and your sweetie one night and making brunch for your entire family the next day. No matter how many people join the party, Rachael firmly believes that cooking should be fun, easy–and done in 30 minutes or less.

Transforming recipes for four into recipes for two or eight can be a tricky guessing game. If you use twice the amount of chicken will you have to cook it twice as long? Is it possible to make a satisfying pot of soup for two without having to eat leftovers for a week? What’s the best–and most economical–way to feed a crowd of eight? With Rachael Ray: 2, 4, 6, 8 there’s no need to guess, because Rachael has designed right-sized menus for every occasion, with perfect meals for two, four, six, or eight.

6. Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield from a friend.

Bellman & Black is a heart-thumpingly perfect ghost story, beautifully and irresistibly written, its ratcheting tension exquisitely calibrated line by line. Its hero is William Bellman, who, as a boy of 11, killed a shiny black rook with a catapult, and who grew up to be someone, his neighbours think, who “could go to the good or the bad.” And indeed, although William Bellman’s life at first seems blessed—he has a happy marriage to a beautiful woman, becomes father to a brood of bright, strong children, and thrives in business—one by one, people around him die. And at each funeral, he is startled to see a strange man in black, smiling at him. At first, the dead are distant relatives, but eventually his own children die, and then his wife, leaving behind only one child, his favourite, Dora. Unhinged by grief, William gets drunk and stumbles to his wife’s fresh grave—and who should be there waiting, but the smiling stranger in black. The stranger has a proposition for William—a mysterious business called “Bellman & Black”.

What did you receive?

  • Leslie

    You’ve reminded me that I still haven’t read Bellman & Black. It’s been sitting in my to-read pile for over a year.

  • Suko

    Serena, I hope you’ll enjoy reading these books. The cookbook and the collection of RWE essays are especially tempting to me.

  • Beautiful cover on The Cherry Harvest and Dark Sparkler sounds interesting, especially since there is artwork involved. Happy reading.

  • Laurel-Rain Snow

    Lovely books! I am interested in the Amber Tamblyn, as I have enjoyed her performances as an actor.

  • I think I’d enjoy them all. And nothings better than finding books at a great price!

  • Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    I’ll be curious to see what you think of the Setterfield book. Happy reading!

  • Lucy

    I have an egalley of Dark Sparkler and it’s an interesting read. The Cherry Harvest looks gorgeous! Enjoy all your new books.

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    Nice mailbox! The Cherry Harvest catches my eye.

  • The Rachel Ray cookbook looks yum! What a great find!

  • Mystica

    Bellman and Black has been on my TBR. The fifty cents book is an absolute bargain.